I wrote a whole post on Angie Zapata, then somehow it got deleted. Here is the quickie condensed version.
I’ve read a lot of people saying “justice has been served” because her killer was sentenced to life in prison without parole and his crime was classified as a hate crime (which of course it was). I can see how it is tempting to feel like this is a victory for those of us who have complex ideas about gender and identity, and in a certain sense it is—of course. It’s an important step that, as the New York Times put it: “it is believed to be among the first [killings] in which a hate crimes law was applied in a murder trial where the victim was transgender.”
But here’s my thing: I just can’t have that much faith in the prison industrial complex. What does this man spending life in prison do to prevent others from killing sex partners when they are denied the all-important pussy?
We know that knowledge of punishment does pretty much nothing to prevent crimes. It seems that maybe instead of rejoicing when people who commit crimes are given appropriate punishments, we should work harder to create a society in which dudes don’t go berserk when they take a woman home and realize they can’t fuck her in the way in which they understand that word. Of course, there are great groups doing just that, and it’s not my intent to rain on the parade of some sort of justice getting served.
I don’t know. I know it’s partly because of Susan, because it’s so horrible for me to think that six years after her death women are still being killed by their lovers. Oh, life just breaks my heart so hard sometimes. That’s all. Just sadness.